By Edmund W. Jupp
The purpose of the "Watching" sequence is to attract cognizance to a few of the very fascinating goods round us, issues that maybe we do not observe up to we would. the 1st used to be "Bridge Watching", and while this was once placed "on the internet" it produced, to the shock of the writer, this type of friendly flood of email that one other was once written, referred to as "Water Watching". This, too, was once kindly acquired. So it used to be tempting to proceed with the subject. many of us recognize little or no approximately bells, and a few, unfortunately, comprehend not anything in any respect. it is a pity for, huge or little, they are often attractive items. it's possible you'll imagine that "Bell listening to" should be a greater name; yet bells has its personal appeal, too. In England, church bells are renowned, end result of the sounds they make, although many folks haven't noticeable the bells themselves. Doorbells, too, are time-honored goods in lots of homes, yet are not often appeared with any specific curiosity. a few of these will not be what's popularly imagined as bell-shaped, and are extra accurately chimes. Then there are bicycle bells, cowbells, and lots of different kinds, too, all worth a inspiration. issues which are unfastened are doubly beautiful. It bills not anything to benefit from the pleasures of having to grasp those fascinating gadgets. studying a bit concerning the attention-grabbing characteristics of bells as a rule should be an relaxing career, and will begin a full of life interest approximately them. The extra you recognize approximately them, the extra attention-grabbing they develop into.
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Some sequences have special names among ringers. You may find it interesting and instructive to discuss this with an experienced ringer. The bells are normally brought back into rounds before lowering. Method or Scientific ringing, as distinct from call changes, and as practised in England, involves movement among the bells in accordance with laid-down patterns. The various methods are known by name familiar to ringers, the second word in the name indicating how many bells are involved. A few typical names are Grandsire, Plain Bob, and Cambridge Surprise.
There are few bell founders nowadays, but one or two of the older firms have been in existence for centuries. These older firms can manage very large bells, and they usually seem to have full order books. Their names are known world-wide among ringers. Making and baking a core and cope, for the inside and outside of the bell, for a large bell, was a daunting undertaking. We cannot help but admire their industry and great skill. After pouring, the metal must be cooled very slowly and uniformly, so that the 28 Bell Watching bell is not distorted or cracked.
If you watch a band of ringers in action, you may note that for each call three ringers are involved, whilst the rest continue to pull steadily. For example, if the conductor calls, say, three to four, then bell number four must move ahead of number three, while number three drops back. The bell which was following number four must now direct attention to number three. The other bells are not affected by the call, and maintain their positions. You can see this happening in the ringing chamber if you watch carefully when ringing is taking place.
Bell Watching (Watching S.) by Edmund W. Jupp